Enthroned to Reign
But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us…And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus (Ephesians 2:4-6).
The phrase “sit together” in the scripture above is “sugkathizo” (Greek), and it means to give (or take) a seat in company with; a joint-sitting. Think about that! What could be greater than having a joint-sitting with Christ! Weymouth New Testament version renders it so beautifully; it says God “raised us with Him from the dead, and enthroned us with Him in the heavenly realms as being in Christ Jesus.” We’ve been enthroned! Blessed be God!
Now that we’ve been enthroned, what are we supposed to do? Romans 5:17 tells us: “For if by one man’s offense death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.” The word “reign” is “basileuō” (Greek) which means “to king.” And Revelation 5:10 perfectly corroborates this truth; it says, “And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth.”
Yes, at the millennial period, we’re going to be reigning with Christ, according to the Bible. But today in the earth, we’re reigning through Him or by Him, because we’re using His Name; operating in His stead. We’re called to exercise dominion and to live as masters and victors in life through Jesus Christ. We reign over Satan, darkness, the world and all creation.
After the resurrection of Christ, He ascended to Heaven, sat on the throne, and a new age began. Now, we’re seated with Him. God enthroned us with Christ in the heavenly realms. So, the Scripture is telling us that He wants to demonstrate the exceeding riches of His grace to the Church in the successive ages following the enthronement; that’s now! It’s not in the future; it’s not during the Millennium or after the Millennium; it’s now!
Another important word to note in Ephesians 2:6-7 is “through,” in the phrase, “through Christ.” It’s translated from “en” (Greek), and it means “in.” We operate in the earth in Christ Jesus. Ephesians 3:21 says, “Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.” It’s all happening here with us—the Church—not in heaven.
This is why we can’t fail. We’ve got to do everything He’s called us to do in this time. If we don’t recognize this reality, we won’t be able to take advantage of it, and suddenly, we’ll be in the Millennium. At the Millennium, we’ll reign with Christ, but now, we reign through Him. This is the time of the Church. If you don’t reign in Christ now, when are you going to fulfill it?
While there’re many Christians today who are reigning in life and enjoying their glorious heritage in Christ, there’re still those who’re whining, crying, pleading and begging God for everything; toiling and failing, and this ought not to be. As seen in the scriptures, we’re not called to reign by our strength, but by grace through Jesus Christ; we’re sufficient in His sufficiency (2 Corinthians 3:5 AMP). Halleluiah!
Refuse to live as a victim in life; you’re called to reign. The word “reign” in our opening verse actually means “to king.” The Greek construction is accurately rendered thus: “…they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall king in life, by one, Jesus Christ.” You’re supposed to be “kinging” in life. This is what some of us have found out; we’ve received abundance of grace, and the gift of righteousness, and as a result, we’re “kinging” in life; we’re living the life of dominion.
Sadly, some people look at us and think we must be doing something strange or wrong for our lives to be so glorious; but how could something wrong produce something so excellent? We’ve only taken advantage of the super-abundant grace that’s available in Christ Jesus.
We’ve all been given grace in abundance: the grace of God that brings salvation—wholeness, preservation, health, peace, deliverance, safety, security, prosperity—and all the blessings in Christ Jesus, has appeared unto all men (Titus 2:11). However, the question is, “Have you received that grace?” It’s those who have “received abundance of grace” that’ll reign in life.
This informs why the Apostle Paul charged Timothy to take advantage of the grace of God that’s in Christ Jesus (2 Timothy 2:1). Become grace-conscious. Grace is the overflowing of God’s ability at work in your life; it’s the glory of God working in your spirit. The grace of God in your life brought about eternal life, righteousness, and oneness with the Holy Spirit. The Bible says, “…he giveth more grace…” (James 4:6); meaning that there’s grace for everything and anything; whatever God has called you to do, there’s more than enough grace for it. Therefore, live in, and by, the “grace advantage.”
Use the authority He’s given you to dominate your world. This is your time. You’ve been enthroned to reign. You were born to exercise dominion over Satan and the circumstances of life! Whatever comes against you in life, take charge and reign over it through your faith declarations in the power of the Spirit.
As a Christian, you have the life and nature of God, and this nature makes you think like Him, talk like Him, and walk like Him; it causes you to reign in life as a king. Through the Word of God, you’re trained to reign; you’re trained to see and think differently! 2 Timothy 3:16 says, “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.” The Word of God is God’s instruction manual to train you in the way and life of righteousness, and equip you for greatness.
Through the ministry of the Word of God, and the Holy Spirit, you’re taught how to be a success in life. With this training, it makes no difference what family background you’re from; you’ll be exceptional, because you function with the anointing and grace to reign.
Romans 5:17 says those who receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life. Refuse sickness, failure, defeat, and death. Reign in life as a king. Reject everything that’s not of God, and endorse only that which is consistent with His perfect will for you. Talk differently; see differently. You’ve been graced to reign, through righteousness.
Through the ministry of the Word of God and the Holy Spirit, I’m trained in the way and life of righteousness and equipped for greatness. I’ve received grace to reign over circumstances and walk-in dominion over and above Satan and the elements of this world. I’m in charge, for I’m enthroned with Christ in the place of power and dominion. Hallelujah!